Even if you haven’t caught an episode of TLC’s reality show "Cake Boss", you can probably guess that it’s fraught with cheesy jokes, headache-inducing drama, and dying brain cells. But on Monday night’s episode, the gimmicks went way too far. Featuring "RuPaul’s Drag Race" contestant Carmen Carrera as a guest star, the transgender woman was tasked with flirting with Cousin Anthony Bellifemine, who was unaware of her gender identity. Then, Buddy ... Read More
We all have that one family member who starts off an offensive statement with something like “I’m not racist… but my company has been hiring too many foreigners.” Right. But while your totally not-racist uncle/step-mother/second cousin’s biggest platform is probably a Yahoo! chat room and your sorry ears, things work a little differently when you’re Ed Klein. A former editor of The New York Times Magazine and author of the ... Read More
  Being gay is hard. But being a young gay person is even harder. Not only must you face homework-filled nights and awkward stages, but you're also forced to grapple with a difference that could cost you everything: your family, your friends, your education, your job. Oh, and let’s not forget about those good Christian pastors who want to watch you perish behind an electric fence. The many issues affecting these teens have garnered national attention in ... Read More
Remember when the Vatican blasted the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (aka about 80 percent of American sisters) for focusing on the poor and hungry instead of railing against reproductive rights and gay people? Well, those “radical feminist” gals haven’t taken the criticism lying down. And with public support behind them, The New York Times reports that sisters from Network, a liberal-leaning Catholic lobby group, will ... Read More
The first item on my summer shopping checklist is always a standout handbag. Because I’m a low-key kind of gal, I tend to go for something I can sling over my shoulder and that won’t rip to shreds under the weight of one too many books. So, when I caught wind of Della LA’s chic and colorful hobo bags, I went credit card happy. But since each sack ranges in price from $42 to $52, I still have enough money in the bank to eat and pay my rent. ... Read More
  There are a lot of people out there who don’t agree with my personal beliefs (I’m looking at you, conservative Republicans), and I admit I sometimes wish they’d get questioned by Anderson Cooper or be the subject of a hilarious skit on SNL. But, along with the vast majority of people, I understand that sending a letter threatening to stalk and blow your opponent to smithereens is a no-no. Not only will it get you slapped ... Read More
As a former Catholic, I have to say that nuns have undergone quite the makeover. Once viewed as the Church’s ruler-wielding arm, many now see them as heroes willing to defy a Vatican sorely in need of change. While most of us were enjoying a lazy Friday, the U.S. Catholic nuns’ board members released a statement appearing to challenge the Vatican’s attempt to keep them in line this past April. According to the New York Times, the Vatican plans to ... Read More
As a woman, I love when rich white men with a chip on their shoulders limit my reproductive rights and tell me that I can’t marry the woman I love. Since I’m still paying for Eve’s first sin, I haven’t yet had the chance to pray the gay away. But I’m sure I’ll be okay once I find a guy to keep me barefoot and pregnant. Those poor emotional creatures who say otherwise are simply distracted by “shiny objects”, because ... Read More
  I’ve been following the activities of One Million Moms ever since the group attacked JC Penney for hiring out lesbian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. A branch of the American Family Association (officially classified as a hate group), the club of angry moms with too much time on their hands has since whined against JC Penney to no avail, got up in arms over a GAP ad featuring a gay couple, and decried an Urban Outfitters catalogue ... Read More
It started with a comment commending President Obama on decreased national gas prices and ended with yet another vicious assault on women. And as a native New Yorker, I’m ashamed to say that all the hoopla is happening right here in my home state. Jay Townsend, the official spokesman for Republican Representative Nan Hayworth and moderator of the page titled "How to Run for Public Office", responded to a comment on NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Civil ... Read More
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